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Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP


3 ranked lawyersBand 3OhioUSA 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Frequently advises on plaintiff and defense-side commercial litigation matters, offering considerable strengths in securities, product liability, antitrust and construction disputes. Also offers experience in criminal litigation, defending a range of individuals and businesses facing regulatory enforcement actions. Acts for clients in sectors including healthcare, financial services and manufacturing.


One interviewee comments: "The entire team provides outstanding legal services."

Another adds: "The team as a whole is fantastic."

Work highlights

Acted for Bil-Jac Foods in bet-the-company litigation including breach of fiduciary duty and shareholder derivative claims. The company has entered a counterclaim against a former owner alleging unfair competition, trade secret and breach of contract.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Williams cochairs the firm's litigation department and is well regarded for his expertise in commercial disputes as well as ERISA and healthcare litigation.
"A phenomenal lawyer." "He is the ultimate relationship partner."

Head of department Fritz Berckmueller is well regarded for his expertise in white-collar work. He acts for clients in a range of matters including FCA investigations, whistleblower claims and investigations into bribery and corruption. 
"He is very easy to work with - he's accessible, responsive, smart and capable. He's always on top of his game."

Mitchell Blair has considerable experience in securities litigation and contract disputes, and is also the firm's vice chair.
"He is very diligent, careful and thoughtful. He is also very good at strategizing - he thinks several steps ahead before taking any action." "He is very collegial and has great instincts."

Department Information

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Calfee represents public and private companies in a large variety of industries, handling diverse matters ranging from everyday business disputes, to complex commercial lawsuits and arbitrations. Our attorneys work with individuals as well as Ohio, U.S. - based, and international businesses. We rely on a strong understanding of our clients’ industries and business goals to provide practical advice. Through strategic staffing and project management techniques, we work with our clients to develop the most efficient litigation strategy to help meet their objectives.

Our Litigation group has experience in the following areas:

  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation Counseling and Litigation
  • Appellate Proceedings Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Business, Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Employee Benefits Litigation
  • Environmental: Litigation & Enforcement
  • Federal Contracts and Regulatory Matters
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Information Technology Litigation
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Probate Litigation
  • Public Law Litigation
  • Public Utilities and Telecommunications Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Tax Litigation
  • Tort, Accident and Products Liability Litigation
  • White Collar Defense and Investigations
  • Workers’ Compensation and OSHA Litigation


Hughes, Maura L. (Head of Department)

O'Neil, Colleen (Head of Department)

Williams, Christopher S (Head of Department)

Alexander, Andy

Barbara, Matthew

Berckmueller, Fritz

Blair, Mitchell G

Blake, Jason

Bonaminio, Nicholas

Bowen, Michael

Brown, Brandon

Bules, David

Callam, Kelly

Casey, Phillip

Chiricosta, Matthew

Deighan, Kyle

Forkosh, Alexandra

Holsclaw, James

Holt, Heather

Jewell, Gretchen

Johnson, Tracy Scott

Kurian, Riya

Lang, James

Lucas, Albert

McMillan, Ronald

Mendoza, Matthew

Michals, Thomas

Moses, Kimberly

Raulerson, Billy

Reich, Alexander

Shanahan, Madeline

Stringer, Anthony

Sullivan, K. James

Tarasuck, Raymond

Ward, Christopher

Wen, Sage

Whitt, Jennifer

Wilaj Jr., John



Banking, Financial Services and Insurance




Energy and Utilities

Entertainment, Media and the Arts

Entrepreneurs and Emerging Companies

Food and Beverage

Gaming and Hospitality


Health Care

Individuals and Families


Manufacturing and Industrial

Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Partnerships, LLCs and Joint Ventures

Private and Family-Owned Businesses

Private Equity

Public Companies

Real Estate

Retail and Consumer Products

Software and Information Technology

Trade Associations


Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP


The Calfee Building

1405 East Sixth Street




OH 44114

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Litigation: General Commercial

Christopher S Williams
Band 3
Mitchell G Blair
Band 2

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Fritz Berckmueller
Band 2